A successful and experienced project manager who has worked as a structural engineer, Pankaj Saharia has picked up a few nuggets of wisdom on how to carry out projects to completion. He has been a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers for over 25 years, and in that time, has worked on numerous structural projects. Like many project managers, he’s kept to a few basics that ensure success.
A stakeholder in project management can refer to clients, end users or members of the organization who support a project or stand to reap benefits from its successful completion. Ensuring that these stakeholders are involved from the get-go is very important for project success. As the project manager, you bear much of the responsibility for ensuring stakeholders are identified and prioritized according to their needs.
In reality, big projects are made up numerous, much smaller tasks. The core tasks are known as high-level deliverables. It’s your work as the PM to identify these deliverables and break them down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Technically, there’s even a document produced that captures these tasks, and it’s called a work breakdown structure.
In addition to simplifying the nature and number of tasks to be performed, the work breakdown structure guides the creation of the schedule and helps resource allocation.
Proper communication is essential for project success. As the project lead, you are required to establish clear lines of communication between senior and lower level staff, while also motivating the team to meet the project goals. Pankaj Saharia is an accomplished project manager who’s worked on various projects in North America and the Middle East.